Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation
Families are invited to hike, climb or relax at Anstey Hill Recreation Park this Sunday at a “come and try” adventure afternoon that will showcase a $750,000 investment in new visitor facilities.
Sunday’s event –from 3:30pm to 7:30pm – will include guided ranger walks, a sunset walk, mountain bike skills for kids, a climbing wall, food stalls, and other activities.
Environment Minister Ian Hunter said the new facilities at the park enhance the spectacular green oasis, making the park far more accessible for the whole community to enjoy.
The new facilities are part of the State Government’s 2014 commitment to invest $10.4 million in upgrading metropolitan national parks and reserves in order to meet the needs of the growing number of local residents looking for outdoor recreational spaces.
“The community told us what they wanted at the park, and we have listened. I encourage everyone to visit Anstey Hill Recreation Park for a bike ride, picnic, walk with friends or just to enjoy nature in this beautiful setting.”
The 280-hectare park now boasts new walking and cycling trails, new public toilets, parking for 40 cars and detailed park information and trail signs to help visitors make the most of the park.
Audiences at the recent “Secret River” performances in the Adelaide Festival were lucky to get a sneak preview of the revamped park, with the play’s backdrop a disused quarry that provided some of the quartzite and dolomite used to build the Adelaide War Memorial and other local sites.
“The success and acclaim of “Secret River” have rejuvenated Anstey Hill as a welcoming and important attraction in Adelaide’s north, Minister Hunter said.
The new facilities include a 200-metre long Class 2 mobility-impaired trail, easily accessible by prams, wheelchairs with assistance and suitable for young children learning to ride bikes.
The entire 25-kilometre trail network has been revamped to include hiking trails, shared use trails, walking only trails and mountain bike only trails.
For the first time, public toilets will be available in the park, including disabled access toilets.
The park is well known for Newman’s Nursery – the ruins of one of Adelaide’s first commercial nurseries – as well as an old quarry where quartzite and dolomite were mined to build the Adelaide War Memorial, Adelaide Town Hall and Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
The park is home to threatened birds including the Chestnut-rumped Heath wren and Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, as well as Western grey kangaroo, koalas and some of the now rare plants that once covered the Adelaide Plains and Mount Lofty Ranges.
Anstey Hill Recreation Park is Nature Play’s Park of the Month for March. More information here.